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There doesn’t seem to be a slow moment around the Current Archaeology offices these days! The big news this month is the conference and the Current Archaeology Awards coming up in February. We’ve included a special section in this issue announcing the session schedule, the nominees for the awards, information on how to register and special offers for conference delegates. This year’s event promises to be the best yet, with star speakers and sessions on some of the most controversial issues facing archaeology in Britain today. Read carefully and cast your votes for the best of the best that we’ve published over the past year. Our features start out in a seasonal mood with an in-depth look at the archaeology of Christmas: what do we really know about this important holiday? Most of us celebrate at midwinter without realising just how far back the roots of this festive season and our traditions stretch; and as for Santa Claus, he’s a bit of a shady character. Enjoy!
special offers for conference delegates. This year’s event promises to be the
Our contributors this month
STONEHENGE TO SANTA PAUL FRODSHAM Paul Frodsham, a Durham graduate, has worked as an archaeologist for a quarter of a century, mostly in northern England. He runs Oracle Heritage Services, and works as Historic Environment Officer for the North Pennines AONB.
MAGIC AND MINING ALAN GARNER Alan Garner’s fiction explores the interactions of archaeology, myth and landscape. Since publishing The Weirdstone of Brisingamen in 1960, he has won the Carnegie Medal for The Owl Service, and was awarded an OBE for services to literature in 2001.
ART DECO ARCHAEOLOGY ADAM STOUT Adam Stout is a Visiting Fellow in the School of Archaeology and Ancient History at the University of Leicester. He is interested in the social construction of archaeological and historical reality, and what ideas about the past say about the societies that devise them.
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